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The Barnstormer

Narrated by: Dawson McBride
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Pilot Frankie Howard can do no wrong when he’s flying and showing off his daredevil aerobatic skills. On the ground, trouble follows him wherever he goes, especially trouble with women. Frankie adores his best friend's sister, Ruth Ann, and endures her come-ons and rejections in an effort to capture her love. When he finds out she has a new beau, he accepts the defeat until fate steps in and changes their lives forever. 

Ruth Ann Douglas lives a charmed life as the spoiled daughter of the town pharmacist. She bewitches and teases all the boys, especially her brother’s best friend, Frankie. Her dream of becoming an actress takes her to an acting school in Atlanta where she meets Ronald Waters, a young actor. Ronald wants to win her heart, but Ruth Ann can’t forget the handsome barnstormer and the small town she tries to leave behind.

©2018 Pamela Hudson (P)2018 Jane Lewis

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Young love....

I love the adventure of Frankie and Ruth Ann as they discover their feelings for each other. We meet Frankie as he is trying to get over the fact that his marriage was a fraud. Ruth Ann is in college and involved in the theater arts wanting to be an actress. She also has a boyfriend that has his only best interest in mind. But why does every time Ruth Ann gets near Frankie she feels a strong attraction to him. I enjoy the sweet and sour sometimes journey between these two.

I also enjoyed the narration of Dawson McBride. He does a great portrayal of the men but his women voices are soft and enjoyable to hear. He is wonderful portraying emotions as well.

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Ride Along With Love

The Barnstormer
: Jane Lewis

This is a 1930's historical fiction romance, that is of a short duration. Frankie and Ruth Ann have had feelings for each other for years, but didn't try for a relationship. When she goes off to college and meets Ron things begin to heat up, as much as it can in the setting. Situations and circumstances bring on a barn storming ride. The listener will travel the loopy course with them. I quite enjoyed this listen.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Dawson McBride delivers an amazing performance.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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flirty back and forth

The flirty back and forth makes for a fun read with this book. This is a light romance, that just keeps going. Moves quite quickly with never a dull moment. Wishing these two would simply figure things out already-like one of the main characters, a pilot- he is an adventure! The narrator is great.

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Excellent

Wonderful story! No modern glitter just real life story telling. Excellent! Narrator is not one of favorites but he did a great job with voices. Jane has become one of my new best writers!

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Slipping the Surly Bonds of Earth

A love story for fliers. Set between the wars, a nod is made to the few female pilots braving a new and male-dominated field. It is always a pleasure to listen to Dawson McBride's gravely voice as he reads us this faith-based (meaning, in this case, the characters turn to God as a matter of course, not that we are preached at!) tale of headstrong and talented men and women.

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The Barnstormer

This is a great audiobook. I love Dawson McBrides voice and the way he narrates. This book starts after love at 5000 feet left off. Would highly recommend

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The Barnstormer

This was a wonderful story story of Ruth Ann wanting to be an actress or falling for Frankie. An actor named Ron wanted to be her boyfriend only she didn't know if he was just acting. She had a crush on Frankie but treated him bad when she was younger. Frankie married some one else and broke her heart. I loved how the story ended.

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A Barnstormer finds his other true love.

They've been in love with each other for years. Frankie Howard doesn't think that Ruth Ann Douglas even likes him by the way she's always treated him. They both think about each other a lot even with other people. Can she change her Barnstormers mind and is true love in the clouds for them?

He moved on to marry another woman making her very jealous. Frankie's marriage isn't real and his wife was already married. He finds her in his bed with her husband. He's trying to put it behind him and move on. When Ruth comes home for a visit shortly after it happens and tries to talk to him he won't. She's moved on with an actor in her classes and he makes her feel things she's never felt before. He says he loves her but she wants to take it slow. Ruth brings her boyfriend home for a visit. Everyone but her mother doesn't like him. Her mother keeps pushing the two together. On a trip home for Christmas she makes her intention known to Frankie. They date the whole time she's home. Her mother doesn't like it and they have a disagreement. Ruth gets a closer look at what Frankie's life is really like. He feels betrayed when he goes to take Ruth back to school and finds out she went with the boyfriend. Her mother interferes between Frankie and Ruth. A promised trip to see her perform in a play doesn't happen. Frankie doesn't believe her mother kept a note from him. Ruth tries to apologize. She gets to see the real intentions of the boyfriend. Frankie goes to pick Ruth up and on the way home his plane crashes causing them both injury. Ruth's mom makes an apology and tells the real reason she didn't want Frankie to have anything to do with Ruth. As Ruth recovers she and Frankie declare their love and a proposal is made. A visitor gives her mom insight into the boyfriend's behavior, Frankie has doubt when he sees the car sitting at the Douglas house. Rings are bought and a marriage planned. Ruth's family come to her graduation. They wed and head for a honeymoon.

A sweet, passionate, emotional story of people finally realizing they were meant to be together. Set in the 1930's south at the start of aviation taking off and becoming popular. You get a glimpse into the life of a man who loves to fly and finds peace in the sky. A young woman who follows her dreams only to realize that they're closer to home than she thought. Jane Lewis made you feel the emotions of her main characters when they must deal with how they feel for each other even when they break each other's hearts.

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Historical

I have not read many books that are set in the 1930's and I love romance. I thought this is a good combination. However, I was a little disappointed with the story. I did not feel the chemistry between the two main characters, I actually found them annoying and wanted to bang their heads together at the beginning.
Someone said this is more of a historical fiction and I have to agree with this.
Others might like it more than I did.

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Frankie Is More Than a Pilot

This is the first story I've read or listened to by this author. Being a bit of a history nerd, I found the author's use of period events and portrayal of a simpler time, the mid-1930s, a delight. The story is a genuine slice of life in a small town during that era. Frankie is a great character and while his life has not always been idyllic, he doesn't let it get him down. However, he does tend to wear his heart on his sleeve, especially when it comes to his best friends sister, Ruth Ann. While he come from a hard knocks beginning, she has always lived a life of privilege. Neither party is good at communication and while those missed connections cause them a great deal of heartache.
Once a famous barnstormer, Frankie now works at his friend's airfield which constantly seems to put him in Ruthie's path, sometimes with disastrous results. While she is at acting school she is wooed by another student,which again causes chaos and pain.
Ms. Lewis does a good job of showing the family dynamics of Ruthie's family and the pitfalls of parents laying their mistakes on their children. She does a great job of displaying the relationships of the friends that keep Frankie bolstered the tough times. While the story has romantic elements, for me it hits more of a women's fiction or family drama. However, listening to this book was a nice respite from all of the in your face romances that are out there. It is a genuinely good story with a satisfying HEA. I will add the narrator, Dawson McBride, has a voice as mellow as fine whiskey and pulls the listener into the story. I will look forward to reading/listening more work by this author and listening to more from this narrator.